Teachers do not feel safe returning to schoolsDate: 15.05.2020
Schoolzone surveyed its research panel in the three days following the government’s announcement of their school e-opening strategy on 11 May. 4,500 valid responses were received.
The government want schools to partially re-open in June but less than one in ten trust them to say when it's safe to do so.
Virtually no teachers expect the necessary safety measures to be in place.
They don't think the measures will work anyway.
Teachers say that the government strategy for re-opening in June is dangerous, irresponsible, unrealistic and ill-considered. (See full list of words used - it's really interesting!)
75% of teachers would not return in June if their unions suggested that they boycott the strategy.
- Two thirds of teachers across all key stages think that school closures have had a significant impact on pupils’ education.
- The impact of school closures has been felt most strongly at KS4; slightly less so post 16.
- If schools partially re-open in June the impact will be mitigated to quite a large extent in primary schools and at KS3, but it seems too late for exam classes, where there will still be a high degree of concern.
- Teachers do not expect a high turnout in the school years that are scheduled to re-open in June, with only a third of teachers expecting more than half of pupils to return. Secondary phase return rates are expected to be a little lower than primary.
- Three quarters of teachers do not expect social distancing in schools to be effective.
- The only element of the suggested strategy that teachers expect to be at all effective is via access to a Covid testing regime – even then, under two thirds expect this to be at all effective.
- Teachers will not want to return to schools without effective social distancing, frequent hand washing and cleaning, reduced occupancy levels and a system of test, track and isolate in place.
- Virtually no teachers feel confident that adequate safety measures will be in place.
- Teachers say that the government strategy for re-opening in June is dangerous, irresponsible, unrealistic and ill-considered.
- The government is very strongly not trusted to tell teachers at all levels when it’s safe to go back to school. The scientific community is trusted by two thirds to say when.
- If unions suggest boycotting the return to work, three quarters would follow the advice.